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Police: House stormed in hostage situation after Ga. gunman showed no sign of compromise

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    This Thursday, April 11, 2013 photo shows a home damaged during a hostage standoff in Suwanee, Ga. A man held four Gwinnett County firefighters hostage for hours before they where freed when police officers stormed the house Wednesday. Authorities said the firefighters encountered an armed man who demanded that his cable and power be turned back on at the house, which was in foreclosure. (AP Photo/Kate Brumback) (The Associated Press)

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    A Gwinnett County Police Department crime scene investigator carries a handful of used stun grenades Thursday afternoon, April 11, 2013, outside the Suwanee, Ga., house where Lauren Brown held firefighters hostage the night before. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal Constitution, Ben Gray) GWINNETT OUT MARIETTA OUT (The Associated Press)

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    An investigator arrives at a damaged home in Suwanee, Ga. on Thursday, April 11, 2013 after Wednesday's hostage standoff. A man held four Gwinnett County firefighters hostage for hours before they where freed when police officers stormed the house Wednesday. Authorities said the firefighters encountered an armed man who demanded that his cable and power be turned back on at the house, which was in foreclosure. (AP Photo/Kate Brumback) (The Associated Press)

Police in Georgia say that when a gunman took four firefighters hostage in his home, they tried to buy time and create a rapport by meeting his initial demands.

But they said that when 55-year-old Lauren Brown's demands became unreasonable and negotiations were going nowhere, officers stormed the house and killed him after he fired on them.

Authorities on Thursday provided new details on Wednesday's hostage-taking north of Atlanta.

They said Brown told his hostages he had spent weeks planning the ambush and targeted firefighters rather than police officers so he wouldn't be shot. Investigators also found half a dozen guns in his house.

Some who knew Brown said he'd suffered from disabling medical problems and was struggling financially.

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